Meetup: Tiny house design and research

Earlier today, Cory, Robert, and I hosted a meetup lecture and social hour centered around Tiny House Design and Research. Our slides are shared below for those who couldn’t join us, or who want to review them.



If there’s anything we didn’t cover that you’d like to see in the future, or if there are things we went over today that you’d like to hear more details about, please email me at so we can consider it for future events. Thanks!

Tiny house rentals (and how to search Airbnb for tiny houses)

Staying in a tiny house for a weekend is a great way to get a personal feel for the space of a tiny house.

If you can find openings, you could always stay at a tiny house hotel:

There are some other sites geared toward tiny house rentals (such as, but I hesitate to recommend them because there doesn’t seem to be a safeguard company in place to act as mediator if you or the homeowner should need to resolve a dispute. (In other words, read the fine print, and use at your own risk.)

Another option is to rent a privately-owned property through Airbnb. On the Airbnb website, you can search by whole house rental or private room rental, but there is currently no way to easily filter the results by tiny house.

Google search to the rescue!

To find a list of Airbnb tiny house rentals: Continue reading “Tiny house rentals (and how to search Airbnb for tiny houses)”

What’s happening?


Earth Day Texas festival tiny house exhibit, homeowners and volunteers, April 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of Tiny House Expedition.

The #tinyhousetribe has been BUSY this past year!

Our tiny house meetup group has grown exponentially – over 1500 members! We’ve held numerous hands-on workshops, lectures, and tiny house tours for the public, and have made friendships that go far beyond tiny houses.

Here’s a handful of the things we’ve been up to here in Dallas: Continue reading “What’s happening?”

Inspiration boards

I have a Pinterest page where I collect many ideas that embody the style and creativity I’d like to see in my own future tiny home, but today (it’s my birthday!), I’ve created a more pinpointed planning board for my tiny house. I’d love for you to take a look and let me know what you think!

You can also see the board by clicking the “Design Inspirations” link in the navigation bar, or click here to open it in a new window.

Planning, part 1: The trailer

For those of you who haven’t yet heard about the disaster that was me trying to find a tiny house trailer fabricator in Texas, I’ll sum it up: It was frustrating. I tried emailing, calling, and visiting local trailer fabricators, and either they never called me back, stopped calling, told me I was crazy for putting a tiny house on a trailer, or told me their trailers couldn’t handle tiny houses. As disheartening as it was to be rejected over and over again, I am now thankful because all that rejection eventually led me to talk to Damon at Trailer Made Custom Trailers. Continue reading “Planning, part 1: The trailer”

Planning, budgeting, and preparing

I’m currently in the planning and budgeting process to build a tiny house on a trailer. The house will be modeled after Alek Lisefski’s Tiny Project. I was lucky enough to visit his tiny house in person in October 2014, and the moment I stepped inside, I breathed a sigh of relief – this is definitely the direction I want to go. The space was light, airy, and I felt like it was the perfect size for my needs. I do intend to make some minor changes to his floor plan, as will be detailed in future posts, but overall the end result will be pretty close to what he has created already. Continue reading “Planning, budgeting, and preparing”